Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear Message Board › General Interest › Should Humanists Proselytize?
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Humanists in most part consider themselves as logical, caring and moral people. Many of us also believe the purpose of life is to be happy and content. So if a religious person minds their own business and is happy in his delusion of heaven as an afterlife, what gives us the right to proselytize and destroy his delusion? This seems especially true since our view of reality apparently offers no afterlife benefits that could compare with the one taken away?
So isn't this mean spirited and worse yet possibly immoral? Does truth trump all else? Must we also approach small children and burst their Santa delusions? Does our banner of truth also require that we seek out those who think they are only sick, to tell them that they are really dying?
I think Humanists should never proselytize but only enter into honest discussion when and if approached by those actively seeking the truth. But of course we should be ready and willing to enter into any serious debate brought by others and to defend our principles against aggression and attacks brought by the religious.
I see the best path to be a kind of Ghandiesque type of passive resistance to religion.